Building Skill in Professionals

Educating the industry; executive training for professionals

We encourage all professionals to continue learning by helping them understand how enduring techniques can create sustainable spaces and places.

Our Building Skill in Professionals programme provides planning and development training, much of which is RIBA-accredited.

Our workshops and seminars bring architects, developers, planners, craftspeople and others who work within the sector together to learn from each other and our own experience and research. We aim to assist them to attain usable knowledge that can have an immediate effect on their everyday work. 

The programme is delivered through seminars, masterclasses and walking tours.

Previous tours have visited Poundbury and examined examples of urbanism in Shoreditch, Bath and Upton. 

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We use exemplar developments as learning tools on sustainable urbanism and architecture. These include Poundbury, The Prince’s House and Upton.

Poundbury is a sustainable urban extension to Dorchester masterplanned by Leon Krier after the West Dorset District Council approached HRH The Prince of Wales in 1987. The tour explores Poundbury as a benchmark project showcasing sustainable development appropriate in an era of rapid climate change and increasing urbanisation.

Built on the Innovation Park of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) at Watford, The Natural House was designed and built in partnership with Kingerlee Homes and New Build Technologies (NBT) in a bid to illustrate how new homes can be both sustainable and beautiful, and a viable alternative for volume housebuilders seeking to meet increasingly stringent low carbon targets.

Upton is a sustainable urban extension to Northampton, providing a comfortable, walkable environment. Its development marks a radical departure from the typical cul-de-sac based suburban development.


The first of three seminars took place earlier this year in the Natural House, BRE’s Innovation Campus. The primary focus of the seminar was to explore what characteristics new build homes in the UK should have in order to appeal to potential customers and to be supported and appreciated by local residents. The seminar featured talks from a number of accomplished professionals and concluded with a panel discussion. 

We believe that facilitating such debate between developers, housebuilders, buyers, planners and existing communities will help to diversify and transform the offer of new build housing in the UK. Those who attended the seminar came from a range of backgrounds illustrating the growing importance that the topic now holds.




The Prince’s Foundation and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) share a common understanding of the relationship between participatory planning and the creation of sustainable places. Our experience has shown us that regardless of the location or scale of a development, the conditions for sustainable places cannot be created without engaging local people in a planning process that is based on three key ingredients: engagement, education and empowerment

With the participation of leading practitioners in the field, The Prince’s Foundation and RICS are currently working to publish a practical guide to community planning, supported by case studies in different global contexts. This publication will form a part of the RICS' Sustainability in Practice paper series.

In addition, the Prince’s Foundation and RICS are creating a new professional network dedicated to international practice in participatory planning. The purpose of the network is to provide an opportunity for:

  • knowledge exchange
  • dissemination of best practice  
  • forging professional partnerships.

To get involved please join our ‘LinkedIn’ group.